“Anybody who thinks money will make you happy, hasn’t got money.”
– David Geffen
If there’s anyone who knows about the reach of money, it’s David Geffen. With a net worth clocking in around $6 billion, he’s easily one of the richest people in the entertainment industry.
He started his life as a kid of Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn in the ‘60s struggling in school and later lying about his credentials to founding several labels and signing legendary musicians such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, and Jackson Browne, and continuing onto producing films on top of running one of the most successful labels in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
He has a lot of money, but what has seemed to make him most happy are his passions: friends, music, supporting medical research, LGBT activism, and art. As a philanthropist, he hopes to share that happiness by sharing his wealth. If we can learn anything from David Geffen, it’s that money alone will never make anyone happy — it’s what one does with their money, and the passions and the people they nurture, that brings happiness.